What is it that defines you as a ‘Writer’?
I have muddled my way through this question so many times and every time I ask myself if I am a writer I come to a resounding ‘no’.
This is despite the fact that I have already self-published one book in 2009 (but only sold a few copies to a handful of family and friends who probably pitied me when they saw me drowning under the weight of the books I was always lugging around with me in an effort to sell!)
I am also a co-author of an anthology book coming out with a traditional publisher next year (Jan 2016) on the topic of Financial Technology…., yet why do I still not feel like a ‘real’ writer?
Perhaps it’s because society and fast media makes us feel like every book we publish should hit the bestseller charts like Harry Potter and that we should all write like J K Rowling. But is this the only way to make you feel like a writer?
I have finally come to the conclusion, and more importantly, understand that a writer is someone who simply writes.
Writers share their stories and inner feelings and spill them onto ink and paper for the world to see. We write because we have that urge to write, to share our words. And like any craft, you will only get better the more you practice. Yeh, the first few books may suck, or the first few sentences may not make sense, but hey, at least you are writing and as you write you will get better!
So if you do any of the following at least 1-2 times a week, you are a writer in my books:
- Write your thoughts in a journal
- Write down ideas and inspirations that come to you
- Brainstorm or mind map ideas
- Write a few sentences that take you closer to completing that novel
- Writing articles
So what is it that you write? I would love you to share your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks and have a wonderful day